As an author, I made my share of mistakes along the way, but because of this I have a good store of knowledge about the industry--knowledge I am happy to share with others in "How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel."
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I got a rather late start in life writing novels, and I wrote my first one without the benefit of any training, planning, or knowledge of the publishing industry. That was in the late 1990s, when self-publishing was an unfavorable method of getting published, so when I finished writing the book, I conducted an exhaustive search for an agent. After being advised to have the manuscript professionally edited, I found someone willing to take a look at it, and she enlightened me to the fact that I had violated just about every rule on writing fiction known to man.
Not to be discouraged (and because no one was going to get away with telling me my work was, well, worthless), I enrolled in classes at The University of Chicago and read every book and article I could find on how to write fiction. I rewrote my novel (it actually became two) and self-published them in 2012. What an eye-opener that was!
After successfully writing several more novels, I published How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Novel to help new and aspiring writers avoid all the costly mistakes I made when I first started out. My advice to all of you is to read this book before you start writing. I promise you that it will save valuable time and effort in the long run.
If you are interested in literary fiction, please visit my website/blog where you can see what my books are about and read Chapter 1 from each of them if you so desire.
Today, I continue to write literary fiction at my home on a small, tranquil lake in northern Illinois where I enjoy all the native wildlife who come for frequent day and nighttime visits.